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9 Healthy Starbucks Drinks You Can Order Year-Round

May 18, 2024
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It’s super tempting to order something delicious, sweet, and indulgent at Starbucks — and the fact is, you can have all of that without sipping a total sugar bomb. It’s easy to enjoy healthy Starbucks drinks when you know a few tricks; and your barista can help make some substitutes or even add fewer pumps of syrup if you’re just looking to cut back.

Next time you find yourself craving a sip of caffeine, try one of these nine healthy Starbucks drinks available all year long. We calculated the nutrition facts along with the Starbucks team. Here’s some information to keep in mind for all nine drinks to come:

  • Nutrition specified here applies to Grande-size drinks at Starbucks (16 ounces).
  • The nutrition for drinks containing milk reflects cow’s milk. 
  • Regular dairy milk has natural sugar in it, so even without added sugar, 8 ounces of milk contain about 12 grams of sugar from lactose. 
  • If you substitute a plant-based milk for cow’s milk, the calorie and sugar content will change. 
  • Starbucks offers only one sugar-free syrup (vanilla) on a regular basis, which contains maltodextrose and sucralose. These are the active ingredients in the artificial sweetener Splenda.
  • The Starbucks app reflects the menu items as listed; it cannot factor in your order modifications (like fewer pumps of syrup) in the nutrition summary.

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1. Brewed Coffee

Healthy Starbucks Drinks: Brewed Coffee

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It’s about as basic as you can get: brewed coffee is a mere 5 calories for 16 ounces. If you add milk and sugar, that will of course change the profile. Believe it or not — Cold Brew and Nitro Brew Coffee contain the same amount of calories.

2. Caffè Americano

Healthy Starbucks Drinks: Cafe Americano

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Aside from brewed coffee, you can’t get much more straightforward than a Caffè Americano. Right off the Starbucks menu, it’s espresso and water, and a 16-ounce drink is 15 calories. 

3. Espresso Con Panna 

Healthy Starbucks Drinks: Espresso Con Panna

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A shot of espresso, gussied up with a dollop of whipped cream is just 35 calories with zero grams of sugar and only 2.5 grams of fat.

4. Cappuccino

Healthy Starbucks Drinks: Cappuccino

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Two shots of espresso and two percent milk make up a Grande cappuccino, which contains 14 grams of sugar but none of it is added. This is one of the healthy Starbucks drinks you can rely on as it is simple and slightly bitter, channeling its Italian roots

5. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Healthy Starbucks Drinks: Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

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This refreshing and sweet coffee contains a splash of vanilla sweet cream, and two pumps of vanilla syrup for 110 calories, 14 grams of sugar (less if you opt for only one pump), and 5 grams of fat. 

6. Flat White 

Healthy Starbucks Drinks: Flat White

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A ristretto shot — a shorter shot of more concentrated espresso — comprises this specialty drink. It’s topped with steamed whole milk and contains 170 calories and 13 grams of sugar. 

7. Iced Black Tea Lemonade

Healthy Starbucks Drinks: Black Tea Lemonade

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If you’re not a fan of coffee, or in the mood for something cold, this Arnold Palmer-inspired drink combines house-brewed iced tea and lemonade. This nets 50 calories and 11 grams of added sugar (from the lemonade). 

8. Iced Peach Green Tea 

Healthy Starbucks Drinks: Iced Peach Green Tea

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This super refreshing tea is a blend of green tea, spearmint, lemon verbena, and lemongrass, with an infusion of peach juice. With 60 calories and 12 grams of sugar, a cold tea doesn’t have to be overly sweet.

9. London Fog 

Healthy Starbucks Drinks: London Fog

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There’s plenty for tea lovers to enjoy by way of healthy Starbucks drinks, from iced tea to lattes. Order this popular brewed tea latte with milk and only one pump of sweetener if needed. Otherwise, it’s 180 calories and 29 grams of sugar. 

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